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As is norm, Maun did not disappoint this past festive season as far as entertainment is concerned, with music festivals dominating the tourism capital’s festive calendar.
With the drying of the Thamalakane River and the controversies that surrounded the popular entertainment sport- the Matlapana beach, many were skeptical as to whether Maun was to be the same as the site happens to boost the village’s ambiance during the festive holidays.
The deaths of Maun’s late entertainment gurus- Reneilwe ‘Manex’ Wright as well as Moreetsi ‘Big Pun’ Molelekeng last year also lowered the mood of some ahead of the festive season. The duo was known to be the best when it comes to organising crowd pulling events.
But all was not lost as all roads still led to Maun with a number of both local and international tourists having thronged the village for various activities – among them visits to Moremi Game Reserve and other parts of the Okavango Delta, scenic flights, exploring the village’s tourism, cultural, food and entertainment sites. But of all these, the various music festivals that were held in Maun’s different areas were the main ones that dominated the festive season attracting large numbers of revelers.
‘Hunters Maun Picnic’ headlined by The South African award winning DJ, Kabelo Motsamai who goes by the stage name Prince Kaybee became one of the successful festive season openers and thereafter right into the holidays followed among others, Corona Sunsets Maun, Local Ka Monate Music Fest, Maun Fire Works Pool Party, Gabz Meets Maun Shorts and Shades Affair, Maun Summer Festival, The Day Club as well as the New Year’s Eve Pool Party that also turned out to be a success.
Local Ka Monate Music Fest, an all local artists event that was held on the 29th December at the Maun Sports Complex, the Maun Summer Festival held on the 31st of December still at the Maun Sports Complex and headlined by South Africa’s DJ Cleo, The Day Club as well as the New Year’s Eve Pool Party both held at Crocodile Camp – Safari & Spa were some of the notable festivals that left people wanting more of them.
Dj Cleo, the Gcina Impilo Yam (feat. Bucy Radebe) hit-maker had his critics who thought he was no lo longer relevant in the music space eat a humble pie – and proved that he is still the Kwaito, House music and Hip hop master as he glued revelers to the dance floor with his mix that featured almost all SA’s popular genres.
Local artists including the likes of La Timmy, Dr Vom, Nature BW, Gouveia, Vee Mampeezy, Charma Gal, Han C, Franco, Tumza and ATI also did not disappoint at the Local Ka Monate Music Fest that saw attendees almost filling the football pitch.